Mark Feeney

Mark Feeney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Biography:
Boston Globe film critic.
Publications:
Boston Globe
Total Reviews:
194

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Art and Craft (2014) " Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker, the directors of "Art and Craft," have themselves an enticing subject in Landis's activities. They do not have an enticing subject in Landis himself. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " The characters sound like people trying to sound like people in the movies and not quite pulling it off. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 1, 2014
88% The Drop (2014) " Not that it needed demonstrating, but Hardy once again shows what quiet force and phenomenal range he has. He's like a young Liam Neeson with Michael Fassbender chops. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 12, 2014
1/4 86% Borgman (2014) " What Marina sees in Borgman is one of the countless implausibilities that make the film more annoying than disturbing. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Most DisneyToons releases are direct-to-video. That lowly status shows here in the pokey storytelling, dreadful score, and generally tired comedy. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 100% The Great Flood (2014) " Having taken the flood out of time, Morrison plants it firmly in space - or as firm as any dreamscape can be. He's made a sort of travelog, and it's destination is inundation. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " There's no more exciting effect in the documentary than the look of pure pleasure on Depp's face as he stands by Steadman's drawing table, peeking over his shoulder as he attacks a sheet of paper. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " This is an amazing tale, and Maloof has labored mightily to flesh it out. He's almost as odd as Maier was. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/4 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " The only self-examination he ever subjects himself to would appear to involve a shaving mirror and lather. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 86% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " The climax, a shootout in a funhouse hall of mirrors, is one of the bravura sequences in all film, a triumph of hey-look-at-me form over just-the-facts content. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " "Jack Ryan" is slick, loud, assured, overplotted (way overplotted), fairly diverting, and pretty much empty. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/4 98% Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (2004) " As spun-sugar holiday treats go, "Umbrellas" is hard to resist. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3.5/4 92% Le Joli Mai (1963) " What helps make Marker and Lhomme's documentary all the more remarkable is its occurring at a moment in history whose specialness only became evident later. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2.5/4 50% Design Is One: The Vignellis (2013) " You may not recognize the Vignelli name, but you certainly recognize their designs. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 92% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " The archival footage in Bill Siegel's documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" is wondrous. How could it not be, featuring the gentleman in the title. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 63% Linsanity (2013) " A little game footage can go a long way; and a lot of game footage, no matter how good, goes a very long way. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " [An] alternately maddening and magnificent documentary. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " Brian Epstein needed someone to run the nascent Official Beatles Fan Club. Freda, just 17, got the job. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1.5/4 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " It answers that age-old question: What happens when a can't-miss subject gets missed? " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/4 70% Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013) " The subtitle declares rather than alludes. It is what it is, as Bill Belichick (that gridiron Ben Bernanke) would say, bluntly informing what the movie is about. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 89% Viola (2013) " A Buenos Aires production of "Twelfth Night" is point of departure for a buoyant examination of love's labor's lost offstage. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5/4 100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " Like any star turn, Holliday's performance rings utterly true. It's that indefinable but unmistakable reality-beyond-reality called art. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2.5/4 80% Europa Report (2013) " What isn't straightforward about the plot is either hackneyed, implausible, or both. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 26% Planes (2013) " Seems ... like a lesser version of what may be Pixar's two weakest efforts, the "Cars" movies. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) " One of the world's great art museums, the Kunsthistoriches is the true star of the movie "Museum Hours." " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " Failure was at the heart of Plimpton's appeal - and of the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself." " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 20, 2013
89% The Iran Job (2013) " A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ... " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 19, 2013
3.5/4 No Score Yet Sign Painters (2014) " A movie with a title like that - about a subject like that - must be pretty drab, right? Not hardly. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 19, 2013
2/4 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Scahill's so busy Being A Reporter - capital letters are definitely called for - it gets in the way of what he's reporting on. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2.5/4 64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " Robert Stone's documentary contends that the only feasible answer is nuclear power. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Big, noisy, slick, and empty. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 30, 2013
2/4 No Score Yet Cleopatra 50th Anniversary (2013) " It's never a good sign when a movie is most famous for what happened off screen, and "Cleopatra" may be the all-time champ of off-screen famousness. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 24, 2013
2/4 89% Girl Rising (2013) " The price of good intentions is that it looks and feels like an extended public-service announcement for goodness. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/4 54% Oblivion (2013) " Sometimes Oblivion can be pretty oblivious. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/4 89% Koch (2013) " What he really was was one of a kind. Whether intentionally or not, "Koch" shows that that's not necessarily a bad thing. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2.5/4 63% High Tech, Low Life (2013) " "High Tech, Low Life" (not a good title) has a nice easy rhythm. It feels neither hurried nor emphatic. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 4, 2013
2.5/4 92% Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2013) " People who weren't around during the '60s-'70s cusp can hardly appreciate just how weird that time was. "Free Angela" brings that weirdness back. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 4, 2013
1.5/4 65% Starbuck (2013) " Bertrand does his jelly-belly best to keep "Starbuck" a comedy. But even the broadest shtick can't prevent a movie that features a Busby Berkeley-style group hug from becoming a male weepie. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/4 27% Upside Down (2013) " "Upside Down" gives you four movies for the price of one. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/4 31% Emperor (2013) " It's a rich and significant subject for scholars, but not exactly filmic. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/4 93% Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953) " That the filmmakers were able to make "Little Fugitive" at all is kind of miraculous, but the miraculousness has its limits. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 5, 2013
1.5/4 90% A Place at the Table (2013) " A tighter focus, or even just a voiceover narration, might have helped. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 28, 2013
1.5/4 85% How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire " Too many of the scenes here - a busted elevator, walking an elderly dog - seem included because Edelstyn didn't have any sense of structure or, worse, what exactly he was after. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 27, 2013
3/4 87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " The film has a relaxed, matter-of-fact feel. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/4 81% Hitler's Children (2012) " The moral weight of "Hitler's Children" is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 3, 2013
1.5/4 80% Orchestra Of Exiles (2012) " Writer-director Josh Aronson's flaccid "Orchestra of Exiles" squanders the material's promise. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/4 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " Katie Dellamaggiore's lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that's very winning (in both senses of the word). " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 15, 2012
1.5/4 No Score Yet Love And Other Anxieties " "Love and Other Anxieties" is amiable and earnest and has the courage not to force answers to unanswerable questions. It's also tentative and pallid and seems a bit afraid of those questions. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2.5/4 47% The Details (2012) " The movie is many things, but a mess isn't one of them. Estes knows exactly what he wants. Whether it's worth wanting is another matter. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/4 88% The Other Dream Team (2012) " Clearly, there's a story here. The documentary "The Other Dream Team" tells it in a smart, lively, if somewhat hectic fashion. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 11, 2012
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